What we want, what we can do

We want to see, but we cannot, now, see the Lord Jesus Christ. But we can love him.

We want to touch and feel, but we cannot, now, touch the Lord Jesus Christ. But we can wait for him and believe in his promise to return.

We want to listen, but we cannot, now, hear his voice. But we can hear the words he taught in person on earth and the words he inspired his apostles and prophets to write in Scripture. And we can hope to hear his words of approval and welcome on the final day.

You have not seen him, but you love him. You do not see him now but you believe in him, and so you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, because you are attaining the goal of your faith—the salvation of your souls. 1 Pet 1.8-9.

Much of what we want to do, we cannot. But the day will come when we can. Until then, there is much we can do. So let us do what we can now, that we might be able to do then what we cannot now.


J. Randal Matheny

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7 thoughts on “What we want, what we can do

  1. I cried when I read this. You quoted one of my favorite verses. I am 77 and sometimes become tired of the waiting.

    I wanted to post this on my WordPress site, but you didn’t have a button for it that I could see.

    I love your header picture.

    1. This is a favorite of mine also. I’m vision-oriented. Ought to be some way to repost. I have it in my bar when I’m logged in to WP, I think. Thanks for your comment; I was touched by it.

  2. I want so much to see, feel, touch, and hear God. The more I listen to and read his Word, the more real he becomes to me, and the more I long for him. I used to not understand what it meant to love God or for him to love me. I just could not grasp hold of the idea that God would actually love me. Now I don’t know how I ever lived without knowing His love.
    I wasted so many years away from God, but now all I want to do is be close to him. There are many things I would like to do before I “go home”, but honestly, if I could see him today, and be with him, it would be awesome!

  3. I think you’ve touched a chord here with people who would really like to see, feel, and touch God. We are limited in our physical existence from having sense experience with God who is spirit (John 4:24). However, it is comforting to know that a day will come in which we can do that which we cannot do now. So much the more, then, we should prepare for that time by obeying the gospel and living for him who died for us.

    1. Hi, John, sorry I missed acknowledging your comment last week. Our physical limits lead us to think wrongly and to miss out on so much. Was reading 2 Kgs 6 where Elisha helped his servant “see” that “our side outnumbers them.” Don’t we need so much faith for that!?

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